Milestones Jan. 27, 2003

UPHELD. Extension Of Copyright Law, by the U.S. Supreme Court; in Washington. The 1998 law, sponsored by Congressman Sonny Bono, extended copyright protection for 20 years, preventing thousands of well-known works, including early Mickey Mouse cartoons and the Gershwin classic Rhapsody in Blue, from passing into the public domain.

RULED ELIGIBLE FOR TRIAL as an adult: JOHN LEE MALVO, 17, accused in the Washington-area sniper shootings; in a juvenile court in Fairfax, Va. The judge noted strong evidence that places Malvo at the scene of the shootings. The ruling qualifies Malvo for the death penalty.

DIED. MAURICE PIALAT, 77, acclaimed French...

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